What Nondisabled People Think When They See Us It’s frustrating when nondisabled people see us and jump to conclusions, assuming they know exactly what our disability is and our limitations. I call these people “disability know-it-alls” and they drive me batty. Others feel pity when they see us — a large number of people, in […]
Several months ago at the Portland International Airport, in the midst of a routine patdown, a second uniformed TSA employee approached and told me I had tested positive for explosives. Me? Explosives? I knew it wasn’t my shoes because I tend not to ever wear them anymore, except when traveling. Could it be my underwear? […]
Where was the Hippocratic Oath for Tim Bowers — the moral lynchpin of the medical profession — to first “do no harm,” when it was most needed?
Rhiannon Tracey, from Melbourne, Australia, was enjoying a beautiful day at a resort in Bali when a dive into the pool changed her life forever. She was only 20 years old.
If I become a hoarder, it won’t be my damn fault. You can blame it on sick children. The little runts pulled a fast one on me by moving from their raggedy old hospital into a shiny new one. And never did anyone stop for one minute to consider how this move would affect me. […]
Q. I’m a T3 para, just now back in my chair after spending many months in bed healing a small pressure sore that was right over my left ischium (butt bone). I managed to heal it on my own, but the toughest part of the healing process was having to constantly change the dressing because […]
Ever since my injury three years ago I have been determined to show the world that people with disabilities can be just as happy, independent and productive as those without disabilities.
The September issue highlighted two similar but very different methods for keeping our paralyzed legs active [“E-Stim for Wellness”]. Both are effective — FES bikes maintain muscle and circulation, while FES rowing provides for muscle and bone growth as well as all-body cardiovascular fitness.
Sex and disability used to be strange bedfellows, but no more. After decades of declaring that cultural stereotyping is responsible for the misconception that disabled people are mostly asexual, maybe it’s time we changed our tune. Two television series, Push Girls, and now the remade Ironside, have been hawking sexuality like peanuts at Yankee Stadium. […]
By moving a power wheelchair’s drive wheels toward the center and adding both front and rear casters for stability, maneuverability dramatically increases.